I’ve been plugging away on my “Read Through The Bible In A Year” (Make that 6 years! I just can’t rush.) I’ve been captivated by seeing such amazing women scattered across the pages of church history/Jesus’ life!
Women following and caring for Jesus Mark 15: 40-41
40 Some women were watching from a distance. Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joseph, and Salome. 41 In Galilee these women had followed him and cared for his needs. Many other women who had come up with him to Jerusalem were also there.
Women whose lives were dramatically interrupted by Jesus. They believed God, obeying God and worshiping God. Luke 1: 35-38, 42-45
35 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called[a] the Son of God. 36 Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. 37For no word from God will ever fail.”
38 “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.
42 In a loud voice she (Elizabeth) exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! 43 But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44 As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. 45 Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!”
An elderly widow who faithfully worshiped day and night, fasting and praying and evangelizing about Jesus Luke 2:36-38
36 There was also a prophet, Anna, the daughter of Penuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was very old; she had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, 37 and then was a widow until she was eighty-four.[a] She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying. 38 Coming up to them at that very moment, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.
I have been blown away by the subtle yet powerful mentioning of these women over the past few days. Don’t you love when Scripture pops off the page?
I pray that I will be like these women and that I will love the Messiah the way that they did… With their entire lives!
Side note: the first baby shower that I see in Scripture is definitely in Luke 1:57-58…what do you think??
57 When it was time for Elizabeth to have her baby, she gave birth to a son. 58 Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown her great mercy, and they shared her joy.